I've been wondering how to say 'I spent the past [time frame] [insert action]'. For example, "I spent the past hour studying Japanese". Would it be translated to something like...


...or would it be something like...


OR! Would the sentence structure be completely different?

I'm sorry if this has already been asked before, but I can't seem to find anything concerning this type of phrasing.

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By far the most common way of expressing that would be to use 「この」 as in 「この1時間」、「この1ヶ月(間)」、「この1年(間)」, etc.

Some natural ways to say "I spent the past hour studying Japanese." for us native speakers are:





  • Do you think that you could explain (or link a grammar post) the use of に in your first example?
    – nehry
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 0:42

How about ここ in this case?


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